Which Health Care Professionals hold a Medical Degree?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
Ophthalmologists (eye)
Cardiologists (heart)
Surgeons
Anesthesiologists
Psychiatrists
Obstetricians/Gynecologists
General Practitioners
Plus any Physicians in any board certified medical specialty
Which Health Care Professionals DO NOT hold a
Medical Degree?
Chiropractors (musculoskeletal)
Optometrists (eye)
Podiatrists (feet)
Pharmacists
Psychologists
Midwives
Nurse Practitioners
Any health care provider without an MD or DO behind their name

      Although these professionals can be an effective part of your overall health care delivery team, they do not have the extensive training, appropriate national credentials or wide depth of knowledge required of Medical Doctors. Some only have to study one or more years before they begin to treat patients.

      When a serious medical condition arises, you are always safer having a qualified Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine overseeing your health care team.

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